Dental Emergencies for Kids
As a parent, you do everything you can to ensure the safety of your child. Sometimes, however, accidents happen. There is not much scarier than seeing your child hurt. Some accidents can result in dental injuries. Your child may fall on the playground or get hurt while playing sports. Dental injuries are fairly common, but that does not make them any less frightening. Sunnyside Dentistry is here for your child, and for you, in the event of dental emergencies.
Care at Home
If your child has suffered a minor dental injury, it may be possible to deal with it from the comfort of your own home. One of the most common minor injuries is a bitten tongue, lip, or cheek. While painful, these injuries are rarely dangerous. Use moistened gauze and apply gentle pressure to the wound to help stop bleeding. For pain, an over the counter pain reliever or an ice pack can be helpful. In general, these types of injuries often heal on their own in just a few days. However, if the bleeding is severe, or does not stop after 15 minutes, then emergency care should be sought immediately.
Another emergency that can sometimes be handled at home is a toothache. While it can indicate an infection, your child may also simply have something stuck between their teeth. If your child is complaining of a toothache, help them to brush gently and floss their teeth and rinse with warm water. If nothing is dislodged, or a toothache persists, then you should schedule an emergency appointment.
Treating Dental Emergencies in the Office
We can treat a wide array of different emergencies right here in our office. If your child has suffered an injury, and you are unsure of what to do, you can call our office. We can direct you as to what steps should be taken and schedule you for an emergency appointment if necessary. Common dental emergencies that can be treated in the office include:
Should I Take My Child to the ER?
There are some situations in which you should take your child straight to the emergency room. These situations include:
Knowing what to do in the event of a dental emergency can help you, and your child, to remain calm and allows you to take care of the issue as soon as possible. Call Sunnyside Dentistry today at (503) 451-5104 for more information.